The Wilderness Center Announces Virtual Silent Auction and Benefit – For Wilderness Sake!

The Wilderness Center announces a virtual silent auction and benefit – For Wilderness Sake! All members of the public are invited to take part when the auction kicks-off on Saturday, November 21, at 7 p.m.

This year, The Wilderness Center’s mission of education, conservation and community is depending on public donations to help cross the funding gap created by COVID-19.

“The funds raised through this benefit auction will allow us to continue adapting to our changing environment in order to meet the needs of our community; continue developing outstanding online programming for people throughout all walks of life; continue restoring and protecting woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and even our dark skies for all to enjoy; and continue bringing people together through their love of nature.” Said TWC Executive Director Jeanne Gural.

The auction will include one-of-a-kind items and unique experiences, including:

Mushroom Hunt for Four with Don King –
Let Don King, “The Mushroom Hunter,” teach you how to find, identify, prepare, and preserve the dozens of delicious mushrooms that grow right here in Ohio. Don’s private hunt for four guests will last up to three hours and will take place at West Branch State Park. Each participant will receive a season-appropriate laminated Mushroom ID Card and can keep all of the edible mushrooms they find. Don’s mushroom hikes are fun and informative.

The US First of State Cloisonne Duck Stamp Collection by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. includes stamps from all 50 states ranging from 1971-1996 and an elegant wooden frame.  Measurement including frame is 32″H x 28”W.   All stamps have gold accents as well as the gold-accented Ducks Unlimited seal in the middle of the picture.

Golf Outing –
Enjoy a day of golf for four at your choice of Congress Lake Country Club or Brookside Country Club courtesy of The Karcher Group.

Wildflower Hike for Four at Doughty Gorge –
Wildflowers are a vibrant treat in Ohio’s spring and summer seasons. Their breezy color palettes light up our hiking landscapes, immerse us in the present moment, and send a signal—after what can feel like a long, cold, winter season—that sunny, summery weather is on its way. Located in east-central Holmes County, Doughty Gorge is one of The Wilderness Center’s finest satellite properties. You and your guests will enjoy the rich diversity of native wildflowers that carpet the slopes during this private, naturalist-led hike.

The Ducks Unlimited Upland Game Bird Feather Collection features Sharp Tail Goose, Hungarian Partridge, Bobwhite Quail, Spruce Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Turkey and Ring-Necked Pheasant feathers set under glass in wood frame. This beautiful piece of artwork measures 32.5”H x 31”W.  It contains a Ducks Unlimited gold seal in the center of the picture and is in excellent condition.

Bats and Brews –
Join The Wilderness Center’s Executive Director, Jeanne M. Gural for an evening of bat facts, local craft beers, and the opportunity to greet some flying mammals! This batty adventure for you and three guests will be scheduled (for a mutually agreeable date) at dusk at The Wilderness Center’s Foxfield Preserve.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway

Fresh Mark, Inc.
H-P Products
The E.A. Mahoney Family Foundation
Pomerene Hospital
The R.C. Miller Family
Seaman Corporation

Thank you also to our many, generous auction item donors.

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